Neil Remington Abramson commented as follows (reproduced with permission):
This morning, sixty years ago, my father, William Walter Remington, was attacked and murdered in prison, though he clung to life for the weekend. I wonder how many countless people have had their lives destroyed by senseless acts of idealism, ridding the world of some perceived evil. My father’s murderers were “bumping off” a Communist, in their minds. Whether he was or not was never proven. Still, they thought they were doing “good”, I suppose.
Mencius believed that when the rulers were not virtuous, virtuous people had the right to overthrow them to reestablish benevolence, righteousness, and fidelity. My father believed the American government to be corrupt and joined, in some form or another, those who came to be regarded as its enemies. More misplaced idealism, I suppose.
But without idealism, how will their be either justice or mercy? Even Christ was murdered to keep things the way they were.